Columbus has just launched the Columbus Safe City initiative. With an app by the same name, you can receive messages via bluetooth about what is happening in the city. Piper has invested about $10,000 into the program. There are 1,300 beacons around the city. Not only can you receive important messages regarding safety, but you can also report public hazards (non-emergency situations – it is not a replacement for 911).

This is an exciting development in both the iBeacon and the smart city world. If it goes well, there should be similar initiatives combing iBeacons and smart city projects launched at other cities in the U.S. and beyond.

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